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Cortez Subsea to lay mechanically connected pipeline offshore Malaysia

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Cortez Subsea is preparing to lay a mechanically connected subsea pipeline, offshore Malaysia. The company is currently mobilising the Grand Canyon II offshore vessel for the project to lay the first ever subsea pipeline using mechanical connectors.

The Global 1201 vessel will also be mobilised to install the pipeline system for the Tembikai Non-Associated Gas (TNAG) Development by Vestigo Petroleum.

Work on the project is being carried out under a collaboration with Alam Maritim Resources Berhad, which will deliver engineering, procurement and operational activities from its office, located in Kuala Lumpur.

“This project is championing many firsts, not just for the region, but for the industry as a whole,” commented Murray Ross, general manager and director of Cortez Subsea in Malaysia. “In a lower for longer industry, looking at new ways of working is essential and at Cortez we consider a careful technology mix for quicker, safer and cleaner pipelay which satisfies our client’s challenges.

“We are using NOV-Tuboscope’s  Zap-Lok  connectors which will be joined to the rigid pipeline using diverless connections. The Zap-Lok technology is proven with more than 7000km of subsea hydrocarbon pipelines installed worldwide and zero recorded failures in operation of over 70,000 joints. It’s also approved by Lloyds Register and Bureau Veritas for hydrocarbons.

“We will deploy the Stinger Deployed Diverless Connector to connect the pipeline.  This technology was borne out of a close partnership between ourselves and AFGlobal. We take collaboration and research and development very seriously to take new and proven technology and customising it for subsea application and operational efficiencies.”